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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:00 am

What will the 2013 football season bring to our area teams?

We’re about to find out.

With temperatures flirting with triple digits this week, the high school and college seasons begin this weekend. It will be an exciting high school season, especially with new turf fields at Washington, Union and Owensville. All three fields really look great.

It’s difficult to get a read on who some of the top teams will be just because so many were hit hard by graduation.

One team that does have most of its players back from last season is Union.

Does that make the Wildcats the favorite to win the Four Rivers Conference? Maybe. They did finish last season strong after taking a few lumps early on.

We’ll find out a lot of about Union pretty quickly with its first five games against Poplar Bluff, Borgia, Sullivan, Pacific and St. Clair.

I always have the mind-set that until someone knocks off the defending champion, they have to be considered the team to beat.

In the FRC, that team is Sullivan. It will be interesting to see how returning all-state running back Justin Biermann is used this season.

It appears Biermann will be the starting quarterback for the Eagles. It’s certainly possible they’ll use him in a variety of ways in the double wing offense.

While St. Clair lost some talented seniors from a 10-2 team, the Bulldogs still have to be considered a contender.

Running back Skyler Hutchison will be a force to be reckoned with. If he stays healthy, the Bulldogs will make noise.

I haven’t seen the Hermann Bearcats yet, but I keep hearing good things. Could they be the surprise team this season?

Pacific has talent and is getting better. The Indians need to keep their best players healthy.

Washington has a chance to have a good season. Senior running back Kyle Summers is a beast. If he stays healthy and gets help on both sides of the ball, it could be a good season.

Borgia needs to have a good showing Friday at Owensville to build some momentum. The Knights have major tests against Union and Duchesne in weeks two and three.

Class 4 District 3, which includes Borgia, Union, St. Clair, Sullivan and Pacific, was loaded last season. This season may not be as strong, but it’s still solid.

Westminster should have a strong team this season. Ladue and Priory also are in the district.

In Washington’s Class 5 District 4 field, Camdenton and Lebanon will be strong again. Rolla looked decent at St. Clair’s jamboree. Waynesville always has the potential to be good. Smith-Cotton also is in the district.

While I’m encouraged by many of our high school teams, I wonder how things will go for the Missouri Tigers and the St. Louis Rams.

I’m hearing some local pundits predicting that the Rams will go 10-6. That would be great, but I think we’re still a year or two away from that.

The Rams are young and raw at a lot of positions. I’m not sure how good the depth is at quarterback, running back, linebacker and cornerback.

To make matters worse, the Rams play in the NFC West with San Francisco and Seattle, quite possibly the two best teams in the NFL.

I’d take the 49ers and Seahawks to win the Super Bowl, and you can have everyone else.

The good news is that Jeff Fisher knows how to build a team, and he’ll eventually build the Rams into a contender.

Speaking of tough competition, Mizzou better lace it up tight with another SEC season around the corner.

The Tigers should start the season 4-0, maybe 5-0, with games against Murray State, Toledo, Indiana, Arkansas State and Vanderbilt.

Then the SEC gauntlet begins with consecutive contests against Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. The Tigers also play Texas A&M later in the season.

/sports

Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington 4, Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.) 2

Friday, July 11

Washington 14, Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.) 0

Washington 4, Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit) 2

Saturday, July 12

Washington vs. TBA, quarterfinals, TBA

Sunday, July 13

Semifinal Games, 11 a.m.

Championship, 2 p.m.

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Peters vs. Elsberry, 2 p.m.

G14 Championship — Washington vs. G13 winner, 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 2 p.m.

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 St. Peters vs. Elsberry-Winfield, 6 p.m.

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles vs. G12 winner, 1 p.m.

G14 Championship — Washington vs. G13 winner, 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 1 p.m.

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    8 a.m.

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

July 12

Missouri Cyclones at Missouri Valley Pitbulls, St. Charles High School, 5 p.m.

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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